Q: In one of your videos you mention Canon wordtanks and said they were useful when you were learning Japanese. I’ve had a look on the internet and they look quite pricey, so I’d like to make sure I bought the right one for my level! My girlfriend and I are only beginning to learn Japanese (your website has been invaluable to us!), which model was your first Wordtank? Is it better to buy a wordtank that is maybe more suitable for an intermediate level? – Alex
A: I actually used a really, really old one which actually you might be able to get second hand on ebay or somewhere. I can’t remember the model but it was top of the range ten years ago. Otherwise I’d say go for the best one you can afford. The higher up you go the better the specs e.g. animated kanji etc. and it’s very much a case of you get what you pay for.
I did buy a cheap one when I first started but quickly realised how much better than the top of the range ones where, they save a lot hassle! I jumped up from the bottom to second to the top Japanese class thanks to my wordtank. Needless to say the local computer store sold out of them when my friends started asking how I did it!